HAVE A HEART

Lise Lewis shares her framework for weaving compassion into the feedback conversation We’ve probably all experienced at some time the sinking feeling when we hear the words, “Can I give you some feedback?” The giver of the feedback isn’t usually actually asking permission, it’s more of an entry statement into saying feedback is on its way! Similarly, what about the times when it’s beneficial for both the individual coaching client and the business to give feedback to someone who is underperforming yet the anticipation fills us as coaches with dread? Whatever emotion we experience, all too often, introducing the concept […]

CARE PACKAGE

Increasingly, coaches are seeking ways to take care of themselves, and mindfulness and self-compassion are ideally suited to support them to do so, argue Mark McMordie and Michael Chaskalson in their new book. Mark McMordie reports When Michael Chaskalson and I ask participants why they sign up for the Mindfulness for Coaches programme on which our recently published book, Mindfulness for Coaches (Routledge, 2018) is based, many simply state “I’m here for me”. When we as coaches spend so much time extending ourselves to others, it’s important we have reliable ways to nourish and renew ourselves. Coaching can be emotionally […]

PULLING TOGETHER

Team coaching helped one council team become more goal-focused, more cohesive and more reflective, with greater organisational confidence in its ability to lead with the future in mind. Georgina Woudstra reports I was brought in to coach the senior leadership board by a council CEO who’d been in post for one year. His view was that the team was currently reasonably effective but not fit for the future. The council was facing significant changes, including a rapidly increasing population in the borough with a high percentage of residents with greater than average social needs. At the same time, budgets were […]

TRIED AND TESTED: THE ‘PERILLS’ OF COACHING

David Clutterbuck shares PERILL: a pragmatic model of team function and dysfunction for use in team coaching Over the past 10 years, I have introduced a stream of trainee team coaches across the world to two models in particular: Lencioni’s (2002) and Hawkins’ (2011). In their feedback and presentations on practice, it’s clear that clients and coaches like the simplicity of Lencioni’s deficit model, which proposes five key dysfunctions of a team: absence of trust, fear of conflict, lack of commitment, avoidance of accountability and inattention to results. However, it only reveals the limited set of problems contained within the model; […]

HOW TO… MAKE A PROFESSIONAL WILL

Have you got a professional will? It makes sense to arrange one – while you still can. Gill Smith and Linda Aspey report What would happen to your clients, your livelihood and your business if you were suddenly unable to work because of serious illness, accident or unexpected death? Have you made arrangements about who’d tell them, who’d support them (and, if they wanted, continue their coaching, or help them to access other coaches), and who would take care of the financial and administrative aspects of your work? In other words, do you have a professional will? When one of us […]

MENTORING – BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO

A further exploration into some of the darker aspects of mentoring as Lis Merrick considers how dependency and intimacy can evolve in mentoring relationships After covering power and transference in mentoring in the last issue, I felt it appropriate to consider some of the difficulties that can be created by close emotional engagement between mentor and mentee. An effective developmental relationship, with trust, rapport and respect as integral elements, will naturally create an emotional bond in the mentoring pair. It may then become difficult to ‘let go’ at the end of the relationship. If the winding-up phase is not handled […]

RESEARCH MATTERS – SAFE SPACE: CREATING A SENSE OF SAFETY FOR THE CLIENT

Giedre Lesmaityte and Adrian Myers discuss ‘safe space’ in coaching sessions and how it’s created Have you ever experienced a coaching session, where, despite the impressive credentials and experience of the coach, you were reluctant to talk openly about your concerns? We explored this using ‘Conceptual Encounter’ (De Rivera, 1981) methodology with six coaching clients. This enabled an indepth exploration of the experience of research participants through dialogue and emerging from the initial understanding of the researcher (first author). The term ‘safe space’ is commonly used among coaching practitioners but is sparsely discussed in the coaching literature. The concept dates […]

IT’S A FUNNY OLD WORLD

In this column, we provoke fresh thinking and round up some of the weird, wonderful, quirky, surprising – and shocking – stories out there What do you make of ’tat? Despite growing numbers of young people getting tattoos, having a ‘tat’ limits candidates’ career prospects, finds research. Almost a fifth of UK adults are currently estimated as having a tattoo. Yet 88% of recruiters and HR professionals considered that tattoos limited a candidate’s career prospects, while three-quarters said a person’s image played a significant part in the hiring process, according to a survey by LinkedIn. Around two-fifths admitted they’d rejected […]